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Support Staff

Janitorial Staff

The school's team of Site Supervisors, led Mr Tait, the Duty Co-ordinator, work at Newbattle Community High School and the Centre for Sport and Leisure.

Mr J Tait
Mr Jamie Tait,
Facilities Duty Co-ordinator
Mr A Taylor
Mr Allan Taylor,
Site Supervisor
Mr T Drysdale
Mr Tam Drysdale,
Site Supervisor
Mr I Gillies
Mr Ian Gillies,
Senior Facility Assistant

ICT Technician

Midlothian Council Educational ICT Development team works across all the schools in Midlothian to manage the computing network provision. Our technicians work between Newbattle and all of our associated Primary schools to manage all the computer hardware and the network.

Mr J McNamara
Mr J McNamara,
ICT Technician

Police Community Liaison Officer

PC Iain Anderson is our Police Community Liaison Officer. In the paragraphs below, PC Anderson describes his role.

I am a Community Liaison Officer within Police Scotland working at Newbattle Community High School.  The main purpose of the role is to maximise Early Intervention, Prevention and Engagement Opportunities within the school environment whilst taking into account the needs of the local community. 

I provide an accessible and high visibility presence within the school environment and local youth community, whilst continuing to support the delivery of the Police Service within our local community.  I strive to do this by identifying community concerns and implementing potential solutions in partnership with other agencies.  By adopting an early intervention approach in partnership with Education Welfare Officers, Pupil Support Staff and other agencies and where relevant, using a restorative justice approach to dealing with matters of discipline within the school, our intention is to develop proactive strategies to reduce truancy and exclusion.

The aim of this role is to make a real difference to the impact of youth behaviour on the wider community.  I will be involved with youth diversionary programmes in an attempt to engage with local youths, building upon and enhancing relationships between youths and the Police. 

Please feel free to contact me if you should have any questions regarding my role within the school.

PC I Anderson
PC Iain Anderson,
Police Community Liaison Officer



The Bite Site is the name of our school canteen, run by Mrs O'Connor. You can also see our schools meals page for more information about the catering provision on offer at the school.

Mrs E O'Conner
Mrs E O'Connor
Catering Supervisor
Mrs M Dow
Mrs M Dow
Cook 3

The Bite Site Team

Members of the Bite Site Team
(left to right) Mrs Maggie Dow, Mrs Carol MacKay, Mrs Diane Moyes, Mrs Wilma Morgan, Mrs Joanne Laidlaw, Mrs Elaine O'Connor and Miss Kerry Sives,

Ranger/Bite Site Supervisors

The Rangers supervise the Bite Site at lunch time and before school, and perform cleaning duties around the school and in the Centre for Sport and Leisure after lunches and break.

Mrs D Gallacher
Mrs Dot Gallacher
Ranger/Bite Site Supervisor
Mrs T Faizant
Mrs Tracie Faizant
Ranger/Bite Site Supervisor
Mr W Hume
Mr Willie Hume
Facility Assistant

Exam Invigilation

Along with Mr Fair, Depute Head Teacher, the exam invigilators are responsible for the smooth running of each diet of exams - including the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) exams each May, and the school's internal exam diets and prelims. Mrs Webster is the Chief Invigilator who is responsible for the organisation and supervision of invigilation, in accordance with SQA policy and instructions.

Mrs M Webster
Mrs M Webster,
Chief Invigilator

School Nurse

The School Nurse from NHS Lothian works at both Newbattle Community High School and our associated Primary schools. She gives advice on health and hygiene, and works with other professionals and teachers on issues relating to pupil health.

Ms J Anderson
Ms J Anderson
School Nurse

I Bike Officer

The I Bike Officer from Sustrans works at both Newbattle Community High School and our associated Primary schools.

Sustrans' I Bike project works with schools in Scotland delivering practical solutions to two specific issues associated with cycling to school: The drop in cycling levels when children move from primary to secondary school and the gender gap that sees girls cycling far less than boys of the school journey. The I Bike Officer develops a tailored and structured programme of cycling related activities for the whole school community. More information can be found on the Sustrans website.

Ms R Newman
Miss R Newman
I Bike Officer